Global connectivity is critical for businesses that are stepping into new markets, operating globally or scaling up quickly to take up new opportunities.
Asia is now home to around half the world’s internet users and is the largest economic region in the world. That’s why we’ve built our heritage, culture and infrastructure in this region to enable thousands of businesses to connect millions of consumers across this global market.
But it goes beyond Asia. The United States has been long recognised as an important business partner for Australia, and provides a compelling opportunity for Australian businesses seeking expansion.
Findings from the Connecting Commerce whitepaper, which we commissioned from the Economist Intelligence Unit, identified that San Francisco, New York and Chicago were amongst the top 20 cities in the Digital Cities Barometer.
San Francisco recorded the second highest barometer reading overall of the 45 cities. Unsurprisingly New York, which ranked 11th overall, rated fifth for its financial environment and sixth for innovation and entrepreneurship.
With continued investment to maintain our network leadership in Asia – with a global subsea cable system spanning over 400,000 kilometres – we are also building on our well-established presence in the US.
This month, we announced the expansion of our network to four new locations – Atlanta, Dallas, Denver and Seattle, with infrastructure to enable expanding Australian, Asian and other international businesses to have seamless network access deep into the United States.
We’ve been operating in the United States for over 20 years already, with businesses including Telstra Ventures – which is Australia’s number one leading corporate innovator, with over $375 million invested in more than 50 technology companies since 2011.
We also work in partnership with world-leading technology companies throughout the US like Microsoft, Cisco, Google and Amazon for everything from subsea cables to cloud collaboration platforms.
It’s an exciting time to be a global business. Our heritage as a leading telecommunications company with $27 billion revenues and 30 years of experience connecting US customers to Asia gives our business customers the confidence to reach these new exciting markets.
With over 300 staff in offices in New York and San Francisco, operating eight landing stations covering the East and West coasts, we’re excited to enable more of our customers to focus on their core business by relying on our diverse network.
This post originally appeared on Telstra Exchange